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    NoreenM62 got a reaction from pearlgirl2017 in Older folks joining September Whole30?   
    Thanks, @Twig1124.  I am located outside of Boston, MA.  I like how you shared that the reason(s) for doing this express differently for each of us. For me, sugar is my nemesis and one of the things I love about Whole30 is how I feel without sugar.  Its a bit of a detox feeling the first few days/week but if I can stick it out that long, its so rewarding to gain dominion over a substance that I abuse and that is basically killing me.  And shocking, too, to realize, once I get over the bumps in the beginning, that I don't really miss it.  Thanks, @pearlgirl2017 for the water reminder!  It helps to feel full!  I am going to do my shopping for week 1 later today and my prep.  Prep, I have found, is key to being successful with this.  
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    NoreenM62 got a reaction from pearlgirl2017 in Older folks joining September Whole30?   
    Hi everyone.  59 yo here gearing up for a September Whole30--woohoo!! This will be my 3rd go round, my most recent one being last September.  September feels like a good time to me to dive into it all as it often sets the tempo for the fall and, sometimes even, the winter.  My first W30 was back in 2018 when I stuck to the guidelines for the whole 30 days, lost over 10 pounds and felt so good, I continued on it for a couple additional months.  My last round, I wasn't as stringent about staying on topic and, well, I got out of it what I put into it   Thanks, Pearlgirl2017, for sharing that recipe.  I like the one pan meals as well.  A couple of my favorites are:     
    The Paleo Running Momma - One-Skillet Chicken with Butternut, Pecans, and Dates | Facebook
    Stuffed Acorn Squash with Sausage, Apples and Cranberries {Paleo, Whole30} | The Paleo Running Momma
    Good luck to everyone!
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    NoreenM62 got a reaction from Rachel97 in Starting Whole 30 Tomorrow   
    HI Rachel97 and welcome to the Whole30.  I can relate to your nervousness.  I too am slave to my cravings.  Mainly for sugar and sugary things, especially chocolate, and the quick energy it gives me.  What I have found with the Whole30 is that it takes those cravings away.  Yes, the first couple of days are probably the toughest as it relates to cravings but I suggest being as prepared as you possibly can be, especially in those first days, for cravings by having alternatives on hand--cut up fruits and vegetables, make a soup, have some sparking waters on hand.  When a craving came up in the beginning, I would go get a bowl of pineapple.  Pineapple is a pretty sugary fruit and while it isn't the best fruit option when I am trying to do without sugar, it wholly satisfies my sweet tooth and it is Whole30 approved.  That is really helpful in the beginning--to just stick to the Whole30 approved foods, even if I do overeat on them a few times in the beginning.  One day a few days into my first Whole30, I woke up and the cravings weren't following me around anymore like a monkey on my back.  And that is such an awesome feeling!  Wishing you much success!